A Holy Job Description

There are a lot of things I love about working for Compassion. In fact, I’m going on eight years here, which is practically unheard of for my generation. (I’m a twenty-something.) But I’ve not stuck around this long by accident. 

I was reminded this morning of one of the reasons I love this ministry. Every Wednesday morning we meet together for chapel. It’s not something that’s required, but every week, it seems, the auditorium is packed out. It’s a great break from our desks, and more importantly, a chance to feel like a family – like the Church body. We sing together. We pray for our sponsors together. And we hear about how what we are doing as “work” every day is changing lives all around the world. It’s very motivating!

This week the room was especially full. Wess, our president, spoke. Anyone that’s been working here for any amount of time learns that when Wess speaks, it will be moving. He has a lifetime of stories. If you’ve read his book, you know that God allowed some pretty extraordinary circumstances in his life to bring him to where he is now. I love to hear Wess speak because every time he does, he shares straight from his heart. And once you hear him speak, you want to hear him again. Apparently employees here have figured this out because there wasn’t an empty seat in the room. 

The talk, of course, was great. But something that he said this morning really resonated with me. He said that what we as employees are doing here is exactly the same as what Jesus’ mission statement was while he was here: 

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
     because he has anointed me
     to preach the good news to the poor.
     He has sent me to proclaim freedom for
     the prisoners and recovery of sight
     for the blind, to release the opporessed,
     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
        (Luke 4:18-19)
 

Wow. A job description literally right out of the Word of God! It doesn’t get much more motivating than that, huh?

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  1. Becky August 26, 2008

    Diana,

    That’s great that you have such a heart for helping people. You can see all the open positions at Compassion on our web site.

    http://www.compassion.com/employment/default.htm

  2. Diana Loper August 23, 2008

    Hi Becky. I found your website when I was looking up the definition of compassion. After I have read what you have posted I sure would like to know what steps you took to get to where you are at if you don’t mind me asking. I would love to spend time helping others with my gift of empathy, and I have compassion for others. I love people! Thanks Becky! keep up the work of the Lord. God bless

  3. Vicki Small February 25, 2008

    Oops–should be “sponsored girls, or those from sponsors tours….” Sorry!

  4. Vicki Small February 25, 2008

    Becky, I anticipate being at every conference Compassion sets up, unless Providencially hindered! :o) Or, in the case of the International Conference in October, I’ll be there if I’m eligible, or close enough to be invited in place of someone who inexplicably does not want to go(!) or is unable.

    Were you around for the Leadership Conference, last month? It seems as though I might have seen you in the hallway, at some point.

    I see that you visited my blog. Thank you! Feel free to visit again, to read everything I’ve posted related to Compassion, and/or to look at my various photo albums–especially the one containing pic’s of my sponsored girls, sponsors tours and conferences.

  5. Becky February 25, 2008

    Hi Vicki-

    Thanks! As I was writing this, I was thinking that our Advocates share the same job description.

    Yes, I could do without all the snow. Thankfully, though, the summer is coming!

    Perhaps I’ll see you at the next conference?

  6. Vicki Small February 24, 2008

    Hello, Becky,

    I think I met you, sort of, at the Advocates…Conference in August.

    I confess to being envious of those of you who work at the GMC, with the opportunities to worship together, to hear speakers…to hear Wess more often. Then I hear or see news reports of your winter weather, and thank God I’m where I am!

    Anyway, I love this post of yours. I have thought of it, a few times, in the context of Compassion’s ministry. It really is every Christian’s job description, isn’t it? We talk about God’s “mandate for the poor,” and certainly scripture is full of applicable references.

    By the way, I also love Isaiah 58!

    God bless you and all the staff. You make possible all that we do, out across the land.

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